Sunday, November 7, 2010

Take Facebook. . . Please

That's what logging onto Facebook is for me. One low buzzing hum of fascinating conversation about pizza orders, stoopid bosses (reminder: bosses read Facebook), late night crying babies, surgeries (do I know you?), requests for farm aid (call Willie Nelson - please!) and plans for the weekend (I missed that invitation...).

I bring this up because Alyson Stanfield, art business guru, has shared several posts lately on reaching out and touching someone - lots of someones. She believes strongly in networking and sharing our art-based businesses using Facebook Fan Pages. Since she makes it her business to know and share important information about growing an art business, I decided to stop rolling my eyes and play along.

Over the weekend I felt like Sally Fields giving an Oscar speech. After creating a Fan Page, it's important to reach out and "Like" the Fan Pages of others. It's an encouraging thing to do for a kindred spirit. Of course, basic politeness suggests then that they, in turn, "Like" you.  And so it goes.  Build your page and feel the love!

That's me feeling great with flesh and blood Facebook friends.

Despite my curmudgeonly ways, I have to admit there is something to this.

On my Fan Page I get to share with you what I'm doing art-wise. I post, you read at your leisure. No pressure on either of us. You don't have to be a Facebook member to view it either. That's a plus.

Having a Facebook Fan Page shows that an artist is engaged.  We're working, and we're ready to show you what we're working on. You get to participate, quietly if you like, or more publicly if you'd rather by commenting or "Liking". It works for everyone.

Like broccoli, having a Facebook Fan Page is good for me - even if it's not my favorite thing to do. If used judiciously and wisely it will help me share my work with more viewers and, after all, that's what I'm working toward. I'll meet new people and maybe even make a few new friends.  That's cool too. 

So do me a favor, please.  Click on over to my Facebook Fan Page and "Like" me.  Bookmark me and see what I'm up to every now and then. 

You could even tell me about your boss and your next operation.  I'll listen, I promise, because I "Like" you too.

I'm really quite "likeable".

1 comment:

Nancy Teague said...

Ah, it's a great love affair Patricia! I've joined in too. "Like" it!